Fun Size Review: Tempest (1928)

I unabashedly loved every madcap, bonkers second of this Russian-themed romance and I think everyone owes themselves at least one viewing. Is it authentic, accurate or logical in any way, shape or form? No, it is not. And that is why it is wonderful.

Hollywood loved its Russian pictures in the silent era and most concerned a peasant falling for a noble, in the case, John Barrymore’s sergeant with Camilla Horn’s princess. But, darn it, that revolution sure makes love difficult. Louis Wolheim (who had a genuine Russian birthplace) nearly steals the show as Barrymore’s BFF.

**not a Shakespeare play**

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
John becomes a revolutionary but gives it all up and runs away to the west with Camilla.

If it were a dessert it would be: Twelve-Layer Mocha Cake. Complicated and contains a lot of ingredients… but it works!

Read my full-length review here.

Availability: Released on DVD.


  1. Marie Roget

    Thanks for the fun size of this fun movie! I have always liked silent John Barrymore a lot more than talkie Barrymore (Grand Hotel and 20th Century excepted), so this little film is a treat. Highly recommended to all!

    The acting Barrymore family- has there ever been anything like them before or since? Among the three of them they could play anything. My special love for Ethel and Lionel- such a fine pair of character actors who worked in films until their passings. Those years of stage training really showed on the screen, always. And The Great Profile himself is great in Tempest.

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